Stecklein up for humanitarian award

Lee Stecklein

Lee Stecklein, a 2012 Roseville Area High School graduate, is in her final season with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers women’s hockey team and in the running for the 2017 Hockey Humanitarian Award.










Former Roseville Raider Lee Stecklein has amassed a slew of awards during her time as a member of the University of Minnesota women’s hockey team. She was nominated for yet another last week.

Stecklein, a senior for the Golden Gophers, is one of 15 nominees for the 2017 Hockey Humanitarian Award.

The award, now in its 22nd year, recognizes college hockey’s finest citizen. It goes to a men’s or women’s player from any division who makes significant contributions not only to his or her team but also to the community at large through leadership in volunteerism.

Finalists will be named in February and the recipient will be recognized at a ceremony in April in conjunction with the Division I men’s Frozen Four in Chicago.

Stecklein is the 10th player from the University of Minnesota to be nominated for the award. Of the previous nine nominees from Minnesota, only two reached the finals and none won the award.

Stecklein, a 2012 Roseville Area High School graduate, is in her final season with the Gophers. She has served as a team captain for three seasons and has helped Minnesota win three national championships. She is a two-time All-America selection and a two-time Western Collegiate Hockey Association first-team honoree.

Stecklein is also an Olympian, having played for Team USA in the 2014 Sochi games. 

So far this season, Stecklein has 14 points — 2 goals, 12 assists — through 20 games. She has 83 points for collegiate career.

Minnesota plays a two-game WCHA series at St. Cloud State this weekend beginning Jan. 27. Friday’s game is at 7 p.m. while Saturday’s tilt faces off at 3 p.m.

The Gophers were ranked No. 2 in the nation most of the season until dropping a weekend series in Duluth on Jan. 13-14. The two-game sweep by the Bulldogs knocked Minnesota down to No. 4 in last week’s poll.



Brian Meyers can be reached at or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.



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